“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for peace and a time for war.”
— Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Each season of life brings about change and transition. Depending on the season, the changes and transitions that occur can lie anywhere on the spectrum from extreme to mild. Seasons are a “time characterized by a particular circumstance or feature,” and are considered to come at “a suitable or natural time or occasion,” taking place for “ an indefinite period of time.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). In other words, seasons are a necessary part of life.
If you have weathered many tough seasons in your life, it can be difficult to understand why God would allow you to suffer for an indefinite amount of time. Though it may not seem like a “suitable” time for a rough season to us, it always comes at the perfect time for just the right duration. Because we are known better by God than by our own selves, He knows what seasons will benefit us best and for the amount of time each season should last as suitable for His plans for your life. Seasons hold distinct purposes for the life He has prepared for us. Just like the weather, seasons are necessary for rejuvenation. Looking back on past seasons, you can probably draw some conclusions as to why you experienced them, ways you’ve grown and matured, and how they have drawn you either closer or further away from God. This week reflect on how the seasons you have weathered had a direct impact on the purposes God has given our lives.
XOXO, Alexis Reinsel
- It can be easier to be grateful for God’s purposes when we are experiencing a joyful season. What about the seasons of suffering, pain, or sorrow? Can you truly be grateful for that season? If so, how?
- Reflect on the way you handled past seasons. What would you do the same and what would you do differently? How can you implement what you’ve learned in the seasons to come?